I have ordered the materials for a down
quilt. This may become a
peapod variant. Have you ever done one in
down? I think it will
reduce my weight from 30 oz for the polarguard II
quilt to 16 oz for
I have never been as dry during a storm as I am in
a hammock. Seems
like the real disadvantage of down (getting wet)
may be just the right
reason to use down for the peapod.
--- In email@example.com, "Ed
Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
> Rick, This does sound very much like my
PeaPod. I too tried several old
> sleeping bags around the hammock before
deciding to make my own, the
> PeaPod--it is longer and wider than normal
mummy sleeping bags to
> accomodate the hammock. It also velcros
together rather than zips and
> closes at each end with draw strings. I
use a 3.5' X 6' Top Blanket to
> fill up the space over my body inside the
hammock and PeaPod. Again
> this sounds similar to your current
setup. I find it very flexible and
> easily modified for most every temp.
When it gets below freezing, I
> also wear mid- or- heavy-weight long johns,
heavy socks and a
> balaclava--fleece clothing is also a wise
choice. Of course, I can
> easily add more insulation to the inside of
the PeaPod when necessary.
> As it stands now, I use my PeaPod for all
temps below 80F--adding pads,
> blankets, sleeping bags, extra clothes, vapor
barriers, etc as needed.
> Best of luck on your AT hike...Ed
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Risk [mailto:geoflyfisher@y...]
> Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 6:31 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Hammock Camping PeaPod Experience
> Ed, (and others)
> Process... try to be patient as I
explain my thought process over the
> last couple days.
> After I got a little cool on my backside the
other night with a Target
> Pad at 50 degrees, I began weighing my
options, and the stuff I am
> going to need to carry.
> I rooted around behind my bed and found a
semi-mummy type bag from
> years gone by and opened about 6 inches of
the stitching down in the
> foot box. Then I untied one end of the
hammock, brought the hammock
> through the hole and tied it back up. I
took the pad out of the
> hammock. Then I sat down in the
hammock, and pulled the zipped up
> hammock up to my neck.
> I found out two things from this
> - 6 inches at the foot is too much. Al
that is needed is a 2-3 inch
> diameter hole.
> - Since I felt cold air on my upper back, I
realized that the bag was
> hanging open under me and I needed to pull it
up and closed under me.
> Next, I took my little quilt and opened up a
3 inch slit in the foot
> box. I sewed the two edges together to
make a sleeping bag without a
> zipper. And I threaded a thin shock cord
drawstring through the top
> edge. I put the bag on the hammock, lay
down and everything seemed
> nice and warm. I found that I could
still pull the bug net over me
> inside the bag as necessary. I can
regulate heat very well by
> adjusting how far up I pull the bag.
> This is very similar to Ed's PeaPod to my
understanding, though I have
> never seen the PeaPod except in one
> Last night I slept out with the set-up.
It only got down to 55
> degrees, but it was very warm while I was in
my nylon shorts and a
> light tee. I did find that it helps to
have a clothes bag to close
> the space on my chest (lying on my back) or
behind my head (lying on
> my side) so that the heat is not lost.
> I am leaving tomorrow after work on a 60+
mile section hike on the AT
> in VA. My experience is good enough
that I am going to leave all the
> pads at home except for the new little BS
pad. I will use the quilt
> as a peapod and let you know how it worked
> I will try to put a picture or two up on the
photo site under
> Flyfisher in a moment. When you look at
the pictures, understand that
> I still have a little work to do... I
need to make the end of the bag
> so that is actually fits the end of the
hammock and does not hang down.
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